Amsterdam–Haarlem–Rotterdam railway

Amsterdam–Haarlem–Rotterdam railway

Polder map showing waterway vs. railway, 1901
Status Operational
Locale Netherlands
Termini Amsterdam Centraal railway station
Rotterdam Centraal railway station
Opened 1839-1847
Operator(s) Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line length 86 km (53 mi)
Number of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 1.5 kV DC
Route map
Line from Amersfoort
Line to Utrecht
Amsterdam Muiderpoort
-1 Amsterdam Centraal
from port of Amsterdam
Line from Schiphol
3 Amsterdam Sloterdijk
Amsterdam Sloterdijk (Hemboog)
Line to Zaandam
River Liede
Haarlem Spaarnwoude
River Spaarne
19 Haarlem
to Uitgeest
to Zandvoort
23 Heemstede-Aerdenhout
28 Hillegom
39 Voorhout
Line from Schiphol
46 Leiden Centraal
to Woerden
River Oude Rijn
48 De Vink
51 Voorschoten
57 Den Haag Mariahoeve
Line from Zoetermeer and Rotterdam
59 Den Haag Laan van NOI

Den Haag Centraal
Line to Gouda
61 Den Haag Hollands Spoor
63 Den Haag Moerwijk
65 Rijswijk
69 Delft
71 Delft Zuid
from Hoek van Holland
River Schiedamse Schie
82 Schiedam Centrum
River Delfshavense Schie
high speed line from Schiphol
Line from Utrecht Centraal
86 Rotterdam Centraal
Line to Breda

The railway from Amsterdam through Haarlem to Rotterdam (also: Oude Lijn, Dutch for "old line") runs from Amsterdam Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal through Haarlem.

From December 2011 it is used by all direct trains from Amsterdam to The Hague, and all direct supplement-free trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam except those through Woerden.


It contains the oldest railway line in the Netherlands, and follows the old horse-drawn boat (Dutch: trekschuit) canal route from Leiden via Haarlem to Amsterdam-Sloterdijk. It was opened between 1839 and 1847 by the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij. The oldest section, opened in 1839, led from Amsterdam to Haarlem. Leiden and The Hague were reached in 1843, and the final section from The Hague to Rotterdam was opened in June 1847.[1]

The opening of the Schiphollijn (1978) and the Amsterdam-Schiphol railway (1986) provided a shorter connection from Leiden through Schiphol to Amsterdam. Nevertheless, the old line via Haarlem has remained an important railway line.

In March 2015 a new tunnel and station were opened in Delft, underpassing the former railway station and viaduct. The doubling of the tracks will be undertaken until 2020.[2]


  1. De Bosch Kemper, M.J. (1865). Handleiding tot de kennis van de wetenschap der zamenleving en van het Nederlandsche staatsregt (in Dutch). Amsterdam: Johannes Müller. p. 883.

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